The Johnny Cash Project is a global collective art project, and we would love for you to participate. Through this website, we invite you to share your vision of Johnny Cash, as he lives on in your mind’s eye. Working with a single image as a template, and using a custom drawing tool, you’ll create a unique and personal portrait of Johnny. Your work will then be combined with art from participants around the world, and integrated into a collective whole: a music video for “Ain’t No Grave”, rising from a sea of one-of-a-kind portraits. Strung together and played in sequence over the song, the portraits will create a moving, ever evolving homage to this beloved musical icon. What’s more, as new people discover and contribute to the project, this living portrait will continue to transform and grow, so it’s virtually never the same video twice.
In the fall of 2008 I saw a short, but wonderful, set by Holly Golightly in a small sweaty club somewhere in London. It was memorable because her set was intimate, the beer was great, I was with two friends (Andrew Parker and Ian Hogarth) who accompanied me on nothing more than my word (“dudes we are in London. It’s Holly Golightly!”), and afterward I have some amazing schawarma at some random dumpy place. Before the show the DJ in the club also played an incredible song (“Send Me a Letter”) from 60s Dutch band Shocking Blue that I had never heard, which I then went home and posted right here on Tumblr. A few days later Lehman Brothers went bankrupt.